July, 2016

National Debt: Security Implications

National Debt: Security Implications

Developing countries get loans from International Monetary Fund (IMF) and multilateral agencies in order to cover budget deficit and for development of the country. The external loans should not surpass 75 percent of total GDP and 350 percent of total export earnings. Otherwise, the sovereign would be considered a defaulter. Therefore, the debt should be […]

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IPRI’s New Location!

IPRI’s New Location!

The Institute’s new address: Islamabad Policy Research Institute (IPRI) 5th Floor, Evacuee Trust Complex Sir Agha Khan Road, F-5/1, Islamabad, Pakistan.

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SCO Membership & Pakistan

SCO Membership & Pakistan

Pakistan last month signed the Memorandum of Obligations (MoOs) at the SCO Summit in Tashkent to obtain the full membership of Shanghai Cooperation Organization. The process of granting full membership of SCO to Pakistan got underway in Ufa during Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s visit in July last year. Since its inception in 2001, SCO has […]

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Kashmir burns again

Kashmir burns again

Cause of Kashmiri people enjoys across the board national support under cutting all sorts of divides. Horrendous episode of martyrdom of innocent Kashmiri brethren at the hands of Indian security forces continues while Kashmiri leaders in IOK remained under detention or arrest. Maqbool Bhat in 1984, Afzal Guru in 2013 and now Burhan Wani has […]

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“Future of Pak-US Relations”

“Future of Pak-US Relations”

Pak-US relationship has always been an interesting subject. Has anyone seen the sole super power getting too much frustrated by any single country? That is Pakistan. The dilemma for Pakistan gets multiplying day by day as “do more” shadow is not prepared to leave the country. How could a sole super power expect Pakistan to […]

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IPRI Newsletter June 2016

IPRI Newsletter June 2016

IPRI Newsletter for the Month of June 2016 has been issued. For details, visit: IPRI Newsletter June 2016

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Afghan peace a far cry!

Afghan peace a far cry!

Significant factors impacting peaceful or otherwise Afghanistan are: stay-exit dilemma of the US, will of the Taliban, Indian meddling, handling of Afghan refugees, Pak-Afghan border management, Afghan government’s action against TTP bands etc. The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon’s recent report on Afghanistan reinforces the firm international consensus, duly shared by Pakistan that, ‘Only by […]

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Policy Approaches of South Asian Countries: Impact on the Region

Policy Approaches of South Asian Countries: Impact on the Region

To say that policy formulation is complex is an understatement. Not only is it complex and ‘messy’, it also needs to fit into local, national, regional and often, even international contexts. This collection of papers and essays brings together the perspectives of those in the government (rather those in the business of making policies) with […]

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